Asian Poker Tour pays out big in Hanoi; Hai Nam Hoang wins Main Event for ₫2.79B (~$117K); Aigars Plivcs, Hoang Hai Nguyen, Kunal Patni among highlights


Massive success at the Asian Poker Tour’s first event of the calendar year. From start to finish, it was maximum capacity at host venue Vietnam Series of Poker in Hanoi, Vietnam. The series ran from February 3 to 12, paying out a tour record 62 Billion in Vietnamese dong (~$2,619,500) across 34 events to crush all of its past numbers.

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Reminiscent of the brand’s inaugural Vietnam event back in 2018 that  664 saw entries (with a lower buy in), APT Hanoi 2023 Main Event pulled in 654 entries for a prize pool of ₫15,859,500,000 (~$666,100). In numbers, locals dominated both the field and the final table with their very own Hai Nam Hoang taking it to the limit for his career first live title and largest score of ₫2,794,200,000 (~$117,350). 

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Hai Nam Hoang – Photo credit APT

As a fairly newcomer to the live tournament scene, with just one year of stats under his belt, Hoang has been posting impressive results that it is sound to say a victory was destined. Out of Hoang’s nine cashes last year, seven were final table finishes and three earned him five digits. The APT win marks his first live title and first six figure payout. 

Buy in: ₫27,500,000 (~$1,165)
Guarantee: ₫10,000,000,000 (~$423,500)
Entries: 654
Prize pool: ₫15,859,500,000 (~$666,100)
ITM: 96 places

Final table payouts in VN₫

1 Hai Nam Hoang Vietnam 2,794,200,000*
2 Tuan Tai Nguyen Vietnam 2,100,000,000*
3 Petr Rudnev Russia 1,335,370,000
4 Thanh Hai Nguyen Vietnam 1,022,940,000
5 Son Le Vietnam 810,420,000
6 Zhao Feng Singapore 631,210,000
7 Duc Trung Dinh Vietnam 459,930,000
8 German Bukharov Russia 314,340,000

*Heads up deal

APT High Roller 8-Max: AIGARS PLIVCS

Another player locking up a career high payout was Latvia’s Aigars Plivcs who earned a hefty VN₫ 2,191,510,000 (~$92,980) for his APT High Roller 8-max victory. The win marks Plivcs’ second live title with his first at the 2022 APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Super High Roller event. 

Event 32 High Roller champion Aigars Plivcs
Aigars Plivcs – Photo credit APT

The APT High Roller 8-Max drew a tremendous 204 entry field to fatten the prize pool to ₫9,894,000,000 (~$419,000) which was well over three times its guarantee. This was also the second largest pot of the series.

Unlike the other heavily attended events, the payouts were dominated by international players. Among the notables was South Korean pro / WSOPC Online ring winner Seungmook Jung who finished 2nd for ₫1,479,150,000 (~$62,650).

Buy in: ₫55,000,000 (~$2,330)
Guarantee: ₫3,000,000,000 (~$127,000)
Entries: 204
Prize pool: ₫9,894,000,000 (~$419,000)
ITM: 27 places

Final table payouts in VN₫

1 Aigars Plivcs Latvia 2,191,510,000
2 Seungmook Jung South Korea 1,479,150,000
3 Jargo Alavali Estonia 1,018,090,000
4 Tu Thanh Le Australia 830,110,000
5 Dennis Ng Hong Kong 661,910,000
6 Truong Toan Chan Vietnam 508,550,000
7 Jasven Saigal India 370,040,000
8 Quang Huy Dinh Vietnam 268,130,000


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Hoang Hai Nguyen – Photo credit APT

With an abundance of tournaments to tackle, a long list of players cashed out multiple times. Among them was Vietnam’s Hoang Hai Nguyen who cashed in six events, the most by any player. His deepest was a victory at the first Hyper Turbo event. 


Event 38 High Speed Main Event winner Jinlong Hu
Jinlong Hu – Photo credit APT

Out of the 34 trophies won, Duncan Son, Jinlong Hu, and Kunal Patni each took home two. Here is a list of their victories:

  • Vietnam’s Duncan Son shipped the Monday Madness and Hyper Turbo 8-Max
  • China’s Jinlong Hu shipped the High Speed Main Event and Tick Tock; he nearly claimed a third title at the Crazy Pineapple – Hyper Turbo finishing in 2nd place
  • India’s Kunal Patni won two Hyper Turbo 8-Max events

Most final table payouts: GERMAN BUKHAROV

German Bukharov – Photo by APT

Russian player German Bukharov may not have brought home a trophy but he still had a fantastic run at his first APT. Bukharov cashed at five events, landing a total of four final tables. This was the most final table cashes by any player at the series. 

  • 6th – APT Kick Off
  • 2nd – Sunday Special
  • 8th – APT Main Event
  • 2nd – Monday Madness 

APT Hanoi 2023 early highlights

Up next: APT PHU QUOC 2023

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Last year, the APT became the first brand to stage an event in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam. Eligible locals made their way, joined by international players flying in from neighboring countries. The turnout was promising enough to give it space in this year’s roster.

The APT returns to the Corona Resort & Casino Phu Quoc from March 24 to April 2. The ten-day series features a Main Event guarantee of ₫10,000,000,000 (~$423,500) and 41 side events. Full schedule here.

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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